Letters to Parents

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Year 10 Work Experience Booklet 2017/18

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Dear Parents/Carers

I am writing to confirm that, as always, we have a busy last week of term. There will be no period 6 classes in the last week. Please be aware that Period 6 will recommence in the second week back in September (Tuesday 12th September)

The key dates are:

17/07/17 - Rewards Trip for selected students to Pleasurewood Hills all day and Year 10 confidence building trip in the afternoon.

19/07/17 - Sports Day (20/07/17 is a reserve in the event of poor weather). 

This is not a non-uniform day and students must wear normal PE kit (school shorts, short socks and sports trainers), however students can either choose to wear their Academy PE polo shirt or a t-shirt/polo shirt in their house colour. Please ensure that your child has adequate sun protection cream etc and is wearing a hat if appropriate. They must also bring a water bottle with them.

We will keep you posted on the website and Facebook regarding the weather and to advise you if we will need to use the reserve date, as well as any implications caused by extreme weather.

21/07/17 - Last day of term - Full uniform required. 

Please note that school will close at the end of period 4 (1:10pm)and that students will be able to come home/be collected at this point. (The school bus has been rearranged to run at this earlier time) Any students who are unable to go home/be collected at this time will be supervised by Mr Froy. The Dining Hall will be open for those students who are entitled to a free school packed lunch and wish to have this. (Please advise us in advance if this is the case)

My end of term newsletter will be arriving shortly which has more information on both the Term and the Year ahead.

Please do not hesitate to contact your child's tutor should you have any queries.

Kind regards

Nick Froy

Principal

 

May 2017

Dear Parents/Carers

We are delighted to be offering students the opportunity take part in a Ski Trip during February half term 2018 (9th – 17th February) to Torgon Goldtest Centre in Switzerland which is organised by The Ski Company www.skicompany.net

The Goldtest centre is found in the Portes Du Soleil, 650 kilometres of runs, 283 runs (27 black, 104 red, 119 blue, 33 greens), 206 lifts, 694 snow cannons, 90 mountain restaurants, 12 resorts, 10 snow parks, 2 countries, the biggest inter-linked international ski area in the world with 331 km of Blue and Red runs which are ideal for beginners. 

The facilities at the accommodation include an indoor climbing wall, a sports hall, large restaurant, a TV room, seated lounge areas, table tennis, full sized snooker table, pool table and a bar serving draft beer, wine and soft drinks, all on-site and available exclusively for our guests. We also have a Roller Disco in the sports hall, a snow shoe walk through the forest and floodlit skiing every Wednesday weather permitting. Complimentary tea & coffee is self-service and available throughout the day.

The cost of the trip is £966 which includes return transfers by coach, full board accommodation, hire of ski equipment, ski helmet, 6 day ski pass, 5 hours a day of ski lessons, winter sports insurance and evening activities, this would be paid in monthly instalments of £138 with the first payment due on  1st July 2017.

If your child is interested in this trip please collect an application form from Miss Gynn and if you have any questions regarding this trip please email Sophie.gynn@newmarketacademy.co.uk

Yours faithfully

Sophie Gynn

Assistant Principal

 

Anxiety and Self-Harm – Information event for parents/carers 

July 12 

6.00 – 7.00pm 

Samuel Ward Academy 

Rachel Welch from the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust has been invited to lead an information event for parents wanting to know more about how to support a young person suffering from anxiety, and who may be at risk of self-harming. 

Rachel Welch is the founder of Freedom from Harm, and has previously worked as the Director of Self Harm UK. Rachel is the trainer for the Eastern Region for the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust. 

The Trust was set up in 1997 in memory of Charlie Waller, a young man who took his own life whilst suffering from depression. Shortly after his death, his family founded the Trust in order to educate young people on the importance of staying mentally well and how to do so. 

The Trust publishes free resources for parents, professionals and others interested in mental and emotional wellbeing.

 

 31st March 2017 

Dear Parents and Carers, 

This has been an amazing term for the Academy. Despite the best efforts of the British weather to dampen spirits the visit of Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall was a resounding success. The spontaneous applause of the students when she came into the hall was a tremendous moment and encapsulated the transformation of the school. There is no doubt in my mind that we would not have been lucky enough to be chosen to receive a royal visit without having been able to show the wider community that we are a good school. Perhaps the most positive thing about the visit was that we were able to show the Duchess the things that go on in our school every week – it was what we do day in day out. We are also delighted that we have launched the first Newmarket Literacy Festival which was inaugurated by the Duchess. 

We were also delighted with the success of the school production. Charlotte Kuell supported by Kate Nolan, Alison Wreford and Elliott Papworth moulded over 60 students into a moving and energetic production of ‘Honk’ – a retelling of the Ugly Duckling story, and which underpins one of our key values of resilience. Perhaps most impressive is that the cast and tech crew made up over 10% of the school and all in years 7-9 apart from one which shows that we have a rich vein of performers in the school. 

Year 11 and 13 have been working hard (although as ever there is still room for more focus with only six weeks to the first exam). We would continue to advise using the GCSEpods for all KSIV students and in particular year 11. There are a number of Easter revision sessions planned and students who have been ‘invited’ must attend. Year 13 have achievement plans in any subject that they are below target. Many have completed outstanding and challenging Extended Project Qualifications – a 5000 word essay on a topic of their choice. We would ask the parents and carers of year 11 and 13 students to keep in touch and let the House teams know if there is anything we can do to support your sons and daughters through this last six week push to the start of the exams. We are absolutely confident that we will again exceed last year’s results reinforcing our position as a school which adds more value to the students’ outcomes than are achieved nationally. 

Another great term for our sports leaders! They made a massive contribution to the town’s school gymnastic competition. Our students also excelled in cricket – the girls U14 team winning the county finals and rugby U16 coming second out of all the schools in Suffolk. 

The ‘tenner’ challenge was also incredibly successful with one team making in excess of £140 profit from a baking and delivery business. Each team was given £10 to set up a business of their choice and were then allowed to retain the proceeds after paying back the initial investment and £1 to cover administration costs. The project was sponsored by Young Enterprise who are attempting to promote a business culture. We were also delighted that our Red Nose Day raised over £500. The student council are looking at possible ways to spend the £1000 they have raised – one possible idea is outside seating areas. 

We have become an ‘Active Movement’ school. We have responded to parents requests that we actively promote a healthier lifestyle. The ‘Active Movement’ builds in small changes to routines which research has shown improves academic outcomes and also a healthier lifestyle. We will be increasing the profile of this campaign next term and include these small active movements into more and more lessons. I hope to hear your thoughts on the ‘Active Movement’ programme at the next Parents’ Forum 

Goodbyes 

We have said goodbye to Rachelle Williams – our Dance teacher. We are being supported by an Assistant Head teacher from Thomas Gainsborough School who has been at the school on Thursday and Friday of this week working with the GCSE class. 

Priorities 

1. Tailoring of opportunities in learning and homework. We continue to focus on ensuring that all students are given appropriate tasks based on prior data. We want all students to find the work set challenging but not impossible. The evidence from the homework survey suggests that we are year on year making progress but these tailored and bespoke tasks remain a priority. 

2. The most recent review of the school confirms that we have made significant progress with our third priority outlined in my last end of term letter – student voice. However we still feel that as our students are our most important ambassadors we will continue to create opportunities for students to meet staff and visitors to develop confidence and also to seek their views on the progress the school is making. 

In summary this has been a fantastic term – the school is a good school and increasingly one the community can be proud of. 

As ever we will continue to work to deliver further improvement and we welcome your feedback in all areas of the school. If you would like to find out more about the plans for further improvement and make any suggestions please join us at the next Forum on Wednesday 17th May. However please do not feel that you have to wait until then to raise a query. Please do get in touch with your child’s tutor in the first instance or myself. 

Can I remind you that the first day of next term is Tuesday 18th April when lessons will be as normal. This will be week 1. 

Thank you for your continued support and commitment to the Academy. 

On behalf of all the staff I wish you and all your family a very happy Easter. 

With best wishes 

Nick Froy 

Principal

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